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January 30, 2020
Job Shadow Day at Grow: Bet on Yourself
The excitement and nervous energy in the air was tangible as 18 students from local high schools sat ready to learn about the real-world work environment at Grow Financial Federal Credit Union. The small talk and chatter began to quiet as CEO Thomas Feindt arrived to speak.
“Welcome to Grow Financial’s 12th annual Job Shadow Day,” he began. “One of the most important parts of job shadowing is not only finding out what you love, but finding out what you don’t love. Broaden your perspective with exposure to different areas.”
In collaboration with the Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Grow Financial hosted our yearly job shadowing event designed to expose youth to practical, available career opportunities and give them a chance to interact with company executives and team members from various departments.
“Don’t ever work just for a paycheck. You will never make enough money to make you feel satisfied. You have to find work that speaks to you,” Feindt recommended.
Several head nods around the room signaled agreement as the students listened attentively. Students took advantage of the opportunity to ask the chief executive officer various questions and received very candid answers. When asked how he handled career transitions, Feindt advised students, “Bet on yourself,” encouraging them to have confidence and conviction in making career moves. Standing out among the many thoughtful questions asked by the group was a personal inquiry, “How did you narrow in on this career path as what you like to do?” The CEO’s answer captured the unique spirit of optimism and member-first attitude of the credit union: “At the end of the day, it’s about how you feel. And I found a sense of worth in helping other people.” Feindt’s statement rings true to the heart of Grow—to serve people, not profit.
Ready for the on-the-job component of the day, the students divided up among various departments at Grow, including Dealer Service Center (DSC), Member Contact Center, Real Estate Lending and more. Participants were able to ask questions of their hosts in a smaller setting and learn about various job areas in the credit union. In a job market where countless career options exist beyond the traditionally endorsed job titles of doctor, lawyer or teacher, it’s helpful for students to be exposed to various job options. Ali-Cha, a student from Brandon High School, shadowed DSC throughout the morning and remarked, “It was interesting to see what they actually do day-to-day.”
Erik, a Brandon High School student involved with DECA, shadowed in the Marketing department. Previously residing in Hawaii, he moved to the Tampa Bay area with his mom, who is in the military and currently working on MacDill Air Force Base. The Marketing team enjoyed talking with Erik, noting the coincidental connection to the base, where Grow was originally founded in 1955. Always drawn to science but very open-minded about future career paths, Erik asked about the work environment and job functions of various marketing team members. He was interested to see how their backgrounds influenced their career paths, which has practical application for him as he decides where to attend college in the future.
The group of high-school students also took a full tour of Grow corporate headquarters, observing all the different functional areas of the organization. The finale of the tour was a visit to the corporate boardroom, where students arranged themselves comfortably around the Board of Directors’ conference table.
Taking in the panoramic view from the top floor, Amare from Jefferson High School surveyed the room from his executive office chair and said, “I could get used to this.”
Grow Financial’s Youth & Schools Committee was so excited to partner with Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay to host this event for the twelfth year in a row. The mission of Junior Achievement is to provide business, economics and life skills to enhance the learning experience of young people, which aligns with Grow’s mission to give back to the youth in the community. Through the Job Shadow day event, students were encouraged to regularly chase opportunities, seek continuous improvement for themselves and be excited that learning never stops.
How to Find Your Routing & Account Numbers
When you make a payment online, by phone or on a mobile device, you may be asked for our routing number and your checking account number. Credit unions and banks use these numbers to identify accounts and make sure money gets where it’s supposed to be. You’ll also need to provide your routing and checking account numbers for:
- Direct deposits
- Electronic checks
- Military allotments
- Wire transfers
Where to Find Your Routing & Checking Account Numbers
Your personal checks include both our routing number and your account number, as shown on the Grow check example below.
Don’t have a Grow check? No worries.
Visit any Grow store and ask for a Direct Deposit Form. It lists both your routing number and checking account number.
Making a Loan Payment
When it comes to making payments, we try to make it as painless as possible to pay your loan every month. We have several different ways to pay, including convenient online options.
You have two ways to pay online by transferring funds from another bank or credit union.
- Grow Online Banking (Preferred payment method for any loan)
This is the simplest way to pay your loan. You can make one-time payments or set up automatic recurring payments in Grow Online Banking. Once you log in, select “Transfer/Payments” from the menu. If you’re not enrolled in Grow Online Banking yet, you can set up your account in just a few minutes.
- Debit Card or ACH (Available for auto, personal loans and HELOCs)
Note: ACH and debit card payments are not available for credit cards or most mortgages, except HELOCs.
We accept ACH payments with no additional fees or Mastercard® and Visa® debit cards with a convenience fee of $4.95. To get started with an online ACH or debit card payment, select Pay Now below.
Pay by Mail
You can also pay any Grow loan by check through the mail. Please remember to include your account number and Grow loan number on the check. (For credit card payments, please do not write your 16-digit credit card number on the check, which can cause a delay in processing the payment.)
Address for auto, credit card, personal loan and HELOC payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 75466
Chicago, IL 60675-5466
Address for personal first or second mortgages and home equity payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 11733
Newark, NJ 07101-4733